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CERT_CONTEXT structure

The CERT_CONTEXT structure contains both the encoded and decoded representations of a certificate. A certificate context returned by one of the functions defined in Wincrypt.h must be freed by calling the CertFreeCertificateContext function. The CertDuplicateCertificateContext function can be called to make a duplicate copy (which also must be freed by calling CertFreeCertificateContext).

Syntax


typedef struct _CERT_CONTEXT {
  DWORD      dwCertEncodingType;
  BYTE       *pbCertEncoded;
  DWORD      cbCertEncoded;
  PCERT_INFO pCertInfo;
  HCERTSTORE hCertStore;
} CERT_CONTEXT, *PCERT_CONTEXT;typedef const CERT_CONTEXT *PCCERT_CONTEXT;

Members

dwCertEncodingType

Type of encoding used. It is always acceptable to specify both the certificate and message encoding types by combining them with a bitwise-OR operation as shown in the following example:

X509_ASN_ENCODING | PKCS_7_ASN_ENCODING

Currently defined encoding types are:

  • X509_ASN_ENCODING
  • PKCS_7_ASN_ENCODING
pbCertEncoded

A pointer to a buffer that contains the encoded certificate.

cbCertEncoded

The size, in bytes, of the encoded certificate.

pCertInfo

The address of a CERT_INFO structure that contains the certificate information.

hCertStore

A handle to the certificate store that contains the certificate context.

Requirements

Minimum supported client

Windows XP [desktop apps only]

Minimum supported server

Windows Server 2003 [desktop apps only]

Header

Wincrypt.h

See also

CERT_INFO
CertAddCertificateContextToStore
CertAddEncodedCertificateToStore
CertCreateCertificateContext
CertEnumCertificatesInStore
CertFindCertificateInStore
CertFreeCertificateContext
CertGetIssuerCertificateFromStore
CertGetSubjectCertificateFromStore
CertVerifyRevocation
CryptVerifyMessageSignature
CRYPT_SIGN_MESSAGE_PARA
CRYPT_VERIFY_MESSAGE_PARA

 

 

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